Shelby County Indiana
The Shelbyville News
William R. Terhune, 86, died Thursday afternoon, June 12, 1958, at
Friday, June 13, 1958
DEATH CLAIMS W. R. TERHUNE
Local Man's Rites Will Be Sunday
Residence: 26 E. Pennsylvania St.
Widely known local man, operator of Terhune Business College here; formerly
operated schools in Indianapolis, Texas, Missouri and New Hampshire
S/o Mr. and Mrs. Barnett Terhune, born December 24, 1871, Rush
Shelbyville resident for 50 years.
Formerly taught at local high school.
Married Grace Sanders; she died August 4, 1957.
Surviving: children Mrs. Alice Williams, Shelbyville, William
Terhune, Muncie; three grandchildren; three sisters Mrs. Grace Hood
and Miss Emma Terhune, Milroy, and Mrs. Myrtle Harrison,
Member of the First Methodist Church.
Murphy Mortuary, with Rev. s. J. Cross officiating.
Burial: Forest Hill cemetery.
Summarized by Phyllis Miller Fleming
June 12, 1958
W.R. Terhune Dies;
Founder of College
Shelbyville, Ind. (Spl.)
William R. Terhune, 86 years old, founder and operator until 1957 of the Terhune Business College with branches at Shelbyville and Indianapolis died yesterday in Major Hospital here after an illness of two months.
Mr. Terhune operated the Shelbyville college for about 40 years and the college at Indianapolis about 25 years.
In 1957 after the death of his wife, Mrs. Grace Sanders Terhune, the colleges were closed.
A native of Rush County, Mr. Terhune operated business colleges in Texas, Missouri and New Hampshire before opening the two schools in Indiana.
He formerly taught business courses in Shelbyville High School for several years.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Murphy Mortuary at Shelbyville. Burial will be in Forest Hill Cemetery.
Survivors include a daughter, Mrs. Alice Williams of Shelbyville; a son, William Terhune, of Muncie, three sisters, Miss Emma Terhune and Mrs. Grace Hood of Milroy, and Mrs. Myrtle Harrison of Kalamazoo, Mich. and three grandchildren.
Grandpa Terhune taught at the Shelbyville High School - I found him in the 1915 and 1916 Squibs. He had a school in Indianapolis for quite a number of years. It was downtown in an office building on the Circle. I'm sure he had established himself in Shelbyville by 1913, when I found this notice in the Farm Journal Directory: Terhune, William R. prof Shelbyville Business College 12 ½ East Broadway
My Grandma also taught school. Before she married, she taught at Major. After she and Grandpa married, they both taught at the business school.
If you'd like to read more about them (and their families) I did an article for my blog, Ancestors of Shelby County, Indiana. It might be helpful. (I wrote it for my Terhune cousins who had very little information about the family)
Here's the link for the article:
Mrs. Grace Terhune, 72, associated with the local Terhune Secretarial College for 27 years, died at Major Hospital Sunday morning. She had been seriously ill for 12 weeks and hospitalized four weeks. Her home was at 26 East Pennsylvania St.
Aug. 4, 1957
Dies at Hospital
Operator of Business
College Dies at 72
The daughter of John and Jane (Dubois) Sanders, Mrs. Terhune was born in Marion Township December 13, 1884. In 1918 she was married to William R. Terhune who operated a secretarial school in Indianapolis for several years. Surviving with the husband are two children, Mrs. Alice Williams of this city and William Terhune of Muncie. There are three grandchildren and also surviving are two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Ruby Cossairt, Mrs. Pearl Illingworth and Perce Sanders of this city and Homer Sanders of Blue Ridge.
Mrs. Terhune was a member of the First Methodist Church. Her funeral will be held at the Murphy Mortuary Tuesday at 2:00 p.m. with Rev. S. J. Cross officiating. Interment will be in Forest Hill Cemetery. Friends may call at the mortuary.
Contributed by Judy Williams
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